COVID-19 Updates


Timeframe COVID 19 Update #4

March 17, 2020


Faculty and Staff,

There have been multiple questions regarding our staffing and what is identified as essential services. To help to clarify, essential services are deemed necessary to keep the institution operating at a basic level. The following are identified as essential:

Operational needs such as payroll, facility maintenance, security and instructional needs (on case by case basis).
Instructional needs for high speed Internet for faculty, uploading/video capabilities, will be handled on a case-by-case basis and with supervisor/presidential approval.

The following are directions to clarify the ability to work at Kaskaskia College for Essential services. Here are the following work weeks (including Saturdays):

March 16-March 22

This week, given the newly modified work schedule communicated Sunday, Effective 5 p.m. today March 16th, we will not require faculty or staff to show up to work through March 23rd (next week’s decision will be made sometime this week – however plan accordingly to work remotely for an extended time) Please work with your supervisor regarding your remote work duties. Tuesday through Saturday campus access will be allowed under the following conditions which will begin tomorrow:

Request to work on campus from your supervisor 24 hours in advance of your needed time (days, hours, and purpose of campus work needed).
If you absolutely need to be on campus tomorrow, please let your supervisor know ASAP so that a quick decision can be made as soon as possible.

Requests need presidential and security approval. Response to requests will be made as timely as possible.
We are trying to spread around the number of people who will be on campus in a single building on a single day or time in order to promote social distancing. With that being said:

After 5 p.m. today - we ask that all employees refrain from using the LLC, Fitness Center, Gymnasium, KSCA Building, Nursing building, AG building, auditorium, and student center. Facilities staff will begin disinfecting and cleaning all areas throughout campus and sealing them with tape marked – disinfected –do not utilize a room that has been sealed.

Security will be given the names of those who are allowed on campus. This will be enforced.


March 23-March 28

Nothing has changed from our prior official communication. Remote work schedule is to be engaged by all, other than those essential employees as approved by the President’s office.
Monday through Saturday: campus access is allowed under the following conditions:
Request to work on campus from your supervisor 24 hours in advance of your needed time (days, hours, and purpose of campus work needed). Forty-eight hours are needed if made on the weekend.

Requests need presidential and security approval. Response to requests will be made as timely as possible.

We are trying to spread around the number of people who will be on campus in a single building on a single day or time in order to promote social distancing.

Security will be given the names of those who are allowed on campus. This will be enforced.

March 30-April 4

Nothing has changed from our prior official communication. Remote work schedule is engaged by all.

Monday through Saturday: campus access is allowed under the following conditions:

Request to work on campus from your supervisor 24 hours in advance of your needed time (days, hours, and purpose of campus work needed). Forty-eight hours are needed if made on the weekend.
Requests need presidential and security approval. Response to requests will be made as timely as possible.
We are trying to spread around the number of people who will be on campus in a single building on a single day or time in order to promote social distancing.

Security will be given the names of those who are allowed on campus. This will be enforced.

Future Work Schedule
We anticipate the possibility of returning to a regular work schedule on April 6. Please know we will communicate to you any developments as soon as we can considering a variety of conditions and mandates.

Some have expressed concerns for far into the future. That’s good. It keeps us thinking and planning. I appreciate that mindset. Know that I will keep you posted with the latest decisions that will be made in accordance with the ICCB, IBHE, State and Federal Officials, regional health professionals, HLC, and other bodies that dictate to a large extent what we can or can’t do in many cases. The wheels of government move at a different pace, and we will adapt to what we are told. Much of our destiny will be handed down by the US Department of Education and Federal officials as well as the Illinois Governor. Given the newest CDC guidelines from today at 3 p.m. regarding size of crowds (10) and the eight-week timetable, I think it is reasonable to believe that such a possibility could be our new timetable for remote services, but that is NOT the case—yet.

Ultimately, I could give you my best guesses and do my best to speculate with the best. Please know I take the personal health and safety as well as educational value of everyone very seriously and the decisions we make will take into consideration all pertinent and relevant data from State and Federal officials who oversee public education.

Take care and continue to look for updates. If you have questions, route them through appropriate supervisors. This will pass.
Take Care,
George

George Evans
President
Kaskaskia College
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